We are just past halftime of college football’s “bowl season” — 19 games into a 35-game parade — and I can tell you we here in South Florida are most definitely spoiled.
We get to host the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game, with No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama bringing a combined 24-1 record. The prospect of an epic game is so great, we’ll even forgive the fact both teams are hated in Miami — the Tide because of Nick Saban’s lying Dolphins exit, the Irish because of old Canes-related animus.
And before that we get Tuesday’s appetizer: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois, and their combined 23-3 record, in the Orange Bowl Classic. The matchup figures as so entertaining, we’ll even look past the fact FSU was dreaming national title and is only faking being thrilled with this game, and the fact Northern Illinois is to college football tradition what Spam is to fine cuisine.
(Special mention to Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, who caught FSU’s attention by saying this week, “They haven’t seen anything like our offense.” And, “In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knees.” Isn’t he cute!?)
I say we are spoiled to have these two bowls because, well, nobody stinks.
So many bowls, and bowl teams, stink. Seriously.
This season’s bloated roster of 70 bowl-ing schools includes 15 teams with five losses, 14 with six losses and two — Georgia Tech and Duke — with seven. (New rule: If Duke is in a bowl, there is one too many bowl games.)
The math therefore says that 31 of 70 bowl teams, almost half, had seasons that would get the coach’s house egged in any self-respecting college town.
Sixteen bowls still to be played include Georgia Tech and Southern Cal, a combined 11-12, in the Hyundai Disappointment Bowl; and Pitt vs. Ole Miss, a pair of 6-6s, in the BBVA Mediocrity Bowl.
A .500 team being lavished with a bowl game reminds me of one of those everybody-wins school races where even the kid who gets lapped in a 100-yard dash wins a 12th-place ribbon.
So welcome, Notre Dame-Alabama, and even you, FSU-Northern Illinois.
Thank you for being really good teams that actually deserve a bowl game.not Cameron Wake Reggie Bush
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